Tours at SOL

(Note: this is a SAMPLE LIST and may change depending on the time of year, number of participants, and availability.)

Visit toGalería Héroes y Mártires de Masaya where you can view photographs of the history of the Sandinista Revolution as lived and died by local heroes who died in battle.

Excursions to Los Pueblos BlancosCatarina, San Juan de Oriente, and Niquinohomo (birthplace of A.C. Sandino), with emphasis on historic sites, folklore, and artesanía.

Visit to Parque Zoológicoto to see Nicaraguan mammals, reptiles, and birds.

Excursion tothe summit of Cerro Posintepe, to enjoy the panoramic view of Granada and el gran Lago de Nicaragua.

Visit toRural Projects like Nicaragua Libre, Sonzapote, La Granadilla, to see life in el campo, learn about Nicaraguan agriculture, horseback riding and more.

Visits to artisan Shops and the Markets of Granada and Masayacto view their working conditions and see how they make their various products including furniture, hammocks, pottery, woodwork, sculpture, paintings, clothing, musical instruments, and more. Shops include Artesanos en Cuero who make leather goods from alligator shoes to saddles; Muebles de Mimbre, furniture made with natural bamboo-like material of artistic quality; Artesanos en Madera who make furniture and other crafts out of Nicaragua’s many precious woods like cedar, laurel, teak, and ebony, among others; Confección de Trajes where they make clothing for weddings, children’s clothes, traditional guayaberas used by Nicaraguan diplomats, and the renowned bordados granadinos.

Tours through Granada on foot and in a horse-drawn carriage to get to know the markets, parks, and services of the city, and to visit various sights of historical interest which include: Convento de San Francisco, Plaza Mayor, Muros de Xalteva, Iglesia de Guadalupe, Estación de Ferrocarril, Capilla de Animas del Cementerio, El Malecón, Fortaleza La Pólvora, Granada’s variousCatedralesMuseo Casa de Los Tres MundosMuseo TenderíLa Casa de Antiguedades, y más…

Participation inCultural Activities in local Casas de Cultura including art, dance, martial arts, music (guitarra), Nicaraguan cooking classes; artisan activites, activities with children, and a cultural exchange program with bailarines, músicos, teatristas, poetas, escritores, historiadores, deportistas, panaderos, costureras, vendedores, lustradores, etc., to learn about their life and challenges.

Educational Mini-Cursos are taught by school staff and invited speakers which focus on issues of economic and social reality to give you a historical and cultural context for appreciating your Nicaragua experience. Recommended for intermediate and advanced students, but all students can participate. Topics include:

  • Salud y Medio Ambiente
  • Desastres Naturales
  • Historia
  • Ecología
  • Economía
  • Sexo y Género
  • Costumbres y Tradiciones Culturales
  • Religión

Excursion to El Chocoyeroa semi-humid forest full of mammoth (40 meters+) trees with an amazing variety of low and high-altitude dwelling birds.

Visits to Primary and Secondary Schools in Granada to observe the Nicaraguan education system and speak with administrators and teachers of various subjects. 

Excursion toFortaleza Coyotepe.This fort, located to the north of neighboring Masaya, has a fascinating history. There important battles in Nicaraguan history were fought, and later the fort was converted into a prison during the time of the Somoza dictatorship.

Excursion to La Purera to see how they make Nicaraguan cigars for exportation.

Participation in the local nightlife. Dance to traditional and 70′s music, watch a movie Nica participatory style, visit the various places that people congregate to gossip and promenade. . . There is always something going on!

Trips toLas Isletason Lake Nicaragua andIsla Zapatera.There are hundreds of islands in Lake Granada with flora, fauna, and inhabitants; many of them little explored.

Participation in local fiestas including Fiestas Tradicionales en Diriamba (week of Jan 20 – transport cost), Fiestas de Diriomo (week of Feb 2), Fiestas Patronales de Nandaime (last week in July), Fiestas Patronales de Jinotepe (week of Jul 25 – transport cost), Fiestas Patronales de Masaya (Sept-Dec.), La Verbena de Masaya (year-round fiestas), y más…

Excursion to Laguna de Apoyo, a beautiful lagoon formed by great volcanic explosion hundreds of years ago. The optional hike down from el Mirador de Catarina is an adventure with a cool swim awaiting at the bottom.

Participation in Proyecto Donación SOL in which students facilitate a series of ongoing material aid donation projects sponsored by SOL school. Students can participate in the following project steps: donation recipient selection, material needs assessment, shopping, and purchasing of material to be donated, donation disbursement, follow-up, and photo documentation.